Since Kanchenjunga is located at Nepal India border, different trekking routes to Kanchenjunga Base Camp are available. Two of them are in Nepal itself. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp that takes you all the way to Pangpema (5143 m), and Kanchenjunga South base Camp that takes you up to Yalung Base Camp (4500 m). It turns out, even the base camps are different, as Kanchenjunga is a vast massif with many peaks.
In addition to the main routes, various trip extensions are also available, which allows the trekkers to explore the area even further. One such trek is the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek. But all this is on Nepal’s side. There is an entirely different Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek route on India’s flank, which we’re going to discuss in this blog.
Itinerary Of Sikkim Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Sikkim Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is seven days of a trek at the core. It starts and ends at Yuksom (1780 m). During the trek you get the enjoy the fantastic views of peaks such as Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Mt. Siniolchu (6888 m), Mt. Kabru (7412 m), Mt. Pandim (6691 m), Mt. Talung (7348 m), and so on.
The trekkers cover villages such as Tsokha (2700 m), Bakkhim (2744 m), Phedang (3483 m), Dzongri (4030 m), Bikhbari, Chaurikhang (4450 m), and so on. Trekkers take one day of rest and acclimatize at Dzongri. One of the attractions around Dzongri is Laxmi Pokhari. So a side trip is conducted up to the lake and back. The main attraction of the trek is Rathong Glacier (4380 m), which supposedly, is the Sikkim Kanchenjunga Base Camp. From Bikhbari, trekkers take a side trip up to Chaurikhang, Rathong Glacier, and back.
Sikkim Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek route develops through one of the most beautiful parts of Sikkim. You’ll come across amazing sceneries composed of lush green hills, rivers, waterfalls, and the mountains, as mentioned above. Apart from the natural element, there is a socio-cultural aspect of the tour as well. In the villages that are covered in the trek, you’ll find mostly Buddhist influences. You will come across many gompas, chortens, and monasteries on the way. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals, and understand their way of life.
Possible Side Trips And Extensions
A side trip that is very popular leads the trekkers to the top of Frey Peak (5889 m). The route details from Bikhbari. In the original itinerary, the trekkers only spend one day at Bikhbari and then return to Bakkhim. To climb the Frey Peak, the trekkers need to spend four more days in the area, and instead of camping at Bikhbari, they need to camp at Chaurikhang. After descending the peak, the trekkers take the same route back to Yoksom, where the trek finally ends.
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